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Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

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Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

- BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed "abuses" against civilians during the offensive to oust Islamic State (IS) insurgents from the city of Mosul. His government began an investigation in May into a report by German newsmagazine Der Spiegel that included images of apparent torture taken by a freelance photographer embedded with the Interior Ministry's elite Emergency Response Division (ERD)
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Riyadh pushing for a strong, independent Iraq

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Riyadh pushing for a strong, independent Iraq

- Baghdad: It was an unusual meeting: An Iraqi Shiite cleric openly hostile to the United States sat in a palace sipping juice at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Washington’s main ally in the Middle East. For all the implausibility, the motivations for the July 30 gathering in Jeddah between Moqtada Al Sadr and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz run deep, and centre on a shared interest in countering Iranian influence in Iraq
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Kurdistan referendum to go ahead despite warnings

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Kurdistan referendum to go ahead despite warnings

- Dubai: Iraqi Kurds have made headlines for a few weeks now after they declared they were determined to go ahead with their independence referendum next month. Neighbouring countries fear that an independent Kurdistan in Iraq would lead to similar moves given that Turkey, Iran and Syria all have sizable Kurdish populations. The referendum has become a source of concern and contention for many countries
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Suicide attacker kills seven Iraqi soldiers near city of Baiji

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Suicide attacker kills seven Iraqi soldiers near city of Baiji

- TIKRIT, Iraq: Seven Iraqi soldiers were killed on Wednesday when a suicide attacker tried to infiltrate a security headquarters near the northern city of Baiji where Islamic State is entrenched in nearby mountain areas, security sources said. Around five assailants attacked the compound where police and army troops are based. One blew up his explosives vest at the entrance while the other four clashed with guards for around three hours, said army colonel Mohammed al-Assadi
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Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik

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Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik

- DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric, notorious for his followers' deadly attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq over a decade ago and thought at times to have ties to Iran, has two new stamps in his passport — from the two fiercest Sunni critics of Tehran in the Gulf. Muqtada al-Sadr's trips to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates come as the two nations want to limit Iran's influence in the wider Middle East, especially with Iranian-backed Shiite militias leading the fight against the Islamic State group on Iraqi battlefields
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Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik

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Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik

- DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric, notorious for his followers' deadly attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq over a decade ago and thought at times to have ties to Iran, has two new stamps in his passport — from the two fiercest Sunni critics of Tehran in the Gulf. Muqtada al-Sadr's trips to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates come as the two nations want to limit Iran's influence in the wider Middle East, especially with Iranian-backed Shiite militias leading the fight against the Islamic State group on Iraqi battlefields
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Thousands flee as Iraq steps up airstrikes on IS-held town

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Thousands flee as Iraq steps up airstrikes on IS-held town

- BADOUSH, Iraq — Thousands of Iraqis have fled an Islamic State-held town west of Mosul as Iraqi and coalition warplanes step up strikes ahead of a ground offensive to drive out the militants. Tal Afar and the surrounding area is one of the last pockets of IS-held territory in Iraq after victory was declared in July in Mosul, the country's second-largest city
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Iraqi students in peace-building program tour Montana

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Iraqi students in peace-building program tour Montana

- Students from Iraq will return home after two weeks of attending workshops and developing projects to promote peace-building and reconciliation through a program hosted by World Montana. Helena-based World Montana is a nonprofit facilitating 150 international visitors each year, and most recently scheduled a two-week program for 13 Iraqi students in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. World Montana has hosted IYLEP students for seven years
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Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

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Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

- Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, Saudi local media reported on Tuesday. Saudi and Iraqi officials toured the site on Monday and spoke with Iraqi religious pilgrims, who for the past 27 years had access to the crossing only once annually during the haj season, the Mecca newspaper reported
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After 27 Years, Saudi Arabia And Iraq To Re-Open Border Crossing

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After 27 Years, Saudi Arabia And Iraq To Re-Open Border Crossing

- Riyadh: Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, Saudi local media reported on Tuesday. Saudi and Iraqi officials toured the site on Monday and spoke with Iraqi religious pilgrims, who for the past 27 years had access to the crossing only once annually during the haj season, the Mecca newspaper reported
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Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

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Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

- RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, Saudi local media reported on Tuesday (Aug 15). Saudi and Iraqi officials toured the site on Monday and spoke with Iraqi religious pilgrims, who for the past 27 years had access to the crossing only once annually during the haj season, the Mecca newspaper reported
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Two US service members killed, 5 injured in northern Iraq

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Two US service members killed, 5 injured in northern Iraq

- Two US service members were killed and five were injured Sunday during combat operations in northern Iraq, according to a statement from US Central Command. “Initial reports indicate the incident was not due to enemy contact,” the statement said. The incident is under investigation. The troops were part of the US- led coalition that has been fighting against ISIS in Iraq since 2014
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Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq

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Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq

- Officials investigating the incident. . . Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq Officials investigating the incident Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq Officials investigating the incident (CNN) — Two U.S. service members were killed and five were injured Sunday during combat operations in northern Iraq, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command
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Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq

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Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq

- Two US service members were killed and five were injured Sunday during combat operations in northern Iraq, according to a statement from US Central Command. “Initial reports indicate the incident was not due to enemy contact,” the statement said. The incident is under investigation. The troops were part of the US- led coalition that has been fighting against ISIS in Iraq since 2014
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Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq

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Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq

- Officials investigating the incident. . . Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq Officials investigating the incident Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq Officials investigating the incident (CNN) — Two U.S. service members were killed and five were injured Sunday during combat operations in northern Iraq, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command
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Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq

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Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq

- Officials investigating the incident. . . Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq Officials investigating the incident Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq Officials investigating the incident (CNN) — Two U.S. service members were killed and five were injured Sunday during combat operations in northern Iraq, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command
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Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq

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Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq

- Officials investigating the incident. . . Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq Officials investigating the incident Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq Officials investigating the incident (CNN) — Two U.S. service members were killed and five were injured Sunday during combat operations in northern Iraq, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command
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Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq

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Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq

- Officials investigating the incident. . . Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq Officials investigating the incident Two US service members killed, five others injured in Iraq Officials investigating the incident (CNN) — Two U.S. service members were killed and five were injured Sunday during combat operations in northern Iraq, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command
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Iraqi forces ready for next battle against Daesh
Iraqi forces ready for next battle against Daesh Senior U.S. military leaders said Friday that Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Daesh (ISIS) extremists after closing out the wrenching nine-month battle to retake the city of Mosul.Mosul took a heavy toll on Iraqi forces. As many as 1,400 troops were killed and more than 7,000 wounded, and the Iraqi military has proceeded methodically since its biggest success to date   Read More ...
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Iraqi forces ready for next battle against Islamic State extremists, says US
Iraqi forces ready for next battle against Islamic State extremists, says US Senior US military leaders said today that Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists after closing out the wrenching nine-month battle to retake the city of Mosul. Lt Gen Stephen Townsend, the top US commander in Iraq, said he sees the Iraqi assault on the IS-held area of Tal Afar “unfolding relatively soon.” The upcoming fight follows weeks of Iraq regrouping troops and repairing equipment and weapons after recapturing Mosul in July   Read More ...
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Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists: US
Senior US military leaders said today that Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists after closing out the wrenching nine-month battle to retake the city of Mosul. Lt Gen Stephen Townsend, the top US commander in Iraq, said he sees the Iraqi assault on the IS-held area of Tal Afar "unfolding relatively soon   Read More ...
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AIMS Children’s Series Hosts First Ever Event in Iraq
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Revived After Mosul, Iraqi Forces Prepare to Battle ISIS in Tal Afar
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Defence Secretary apologises for Iraq Land Rovers that failed to protect soldiers from bombs
Defence Secretary apologises for Iraq Land Rovers that failed to protect soldiers from bombs The Defence Secretary has apologised to families of soldiers killed in Iraq while travelling in lightly-armoured Snatch Land Rovers , it emerged today. Sir Michael Fallon wrote to victims’ relatives apologising for delays in bringing in vehicles with better protection which, he admitted, “could have saved lives”. At least 37 British troops died in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan while travelling in the Land Rovers   Read More ...
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Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists
Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists BAGHDAD (AP) — Senior U.S. military leaders said Friday that Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists after closing out the wrenching nine-month battle to retake the city of Mosul. Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said he sees the Iraqi assault on the IS-held area of Tal Afar "unfolding relatively soon   Read More ...
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Once homeless, Iraq War veteran moves into unique new home
Once homeless, Iraq War veteran moves into unique new home MIDWAY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Vernon Poling was 44 years old when he finally got a home of his own. The Iraq War veteran was medically discharged from the Army in 2014, had to quit his trucking job for medical reasons, and found himself living out of his pickup last year in Orange County, a sprawling area of Southern California known for beaches, Disneyland and high housing costs   Read More ...
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Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists
Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists BAGHDAD (AP) — Senior U.S. commanders say Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists. Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, says he sees the Iraqi assault on the IS-held area of Tal Afar "unfolding relatively soon." The upcoming fight follows weeks of Iraq regrouping troops and repairing equipment and weapons after its forces retook the city of Mosul in July   Read More ...
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Iraqi forces prepare to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State militants
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Iraqi forces prepare to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State militants
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What post-ISIS Iraq can do for peace
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Iraq government may prosecute those behind abuses in Mosul
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Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign
Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed "abuses" against civilians during the offensive to oust Islamic State (IS) insurgents from the city of Mosul. His government began an investigation in May into a report by German newsmagazine Der Spiegel that included images of apparent torture taken by a freelance photographer embedded with the Interior Ministry's elite Emergency Response Division (ERD)   Read More ...
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Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign
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Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign
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Christians in Iraq are ‘on the brink of extinction.’ Here’s what faith groups are doing to fix that
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Saudi, Iraqi leaders 'draw closer' after Sadr meeting
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Riyadh pushing for a strong, independent Iraq
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Iraq asks UN to collect evidence to prosecute ISIS
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Iraq seeks international help to investigate Islamic State crimes
Iraq seeks international help to investigate Islamic State crimes UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iraq asked for international help on Wednesday to collect and preserve evidence of crimes by Islamic State militants and said it is working with Britain to draft a United Nations Security Council resolution to establish the investigation. Britain, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and Nadia Murad, a woman from the Yazidi religious minority who was enslaved and raped by Islamic State fighters in Mosul, have been pushing Iraq to allow a U   Read More ...
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Kurdistan referendum to go ahead despite warnings
Kurdistan referendum to go ahead despite warnings Dubai: Iraqi Kurds have made headlines for a few weeks now after they declared they were determined to go ahead with their independence referendum next month. Neighbouring countries fear that an independent Kurdistan in Iraq would lead to similar moves given that Turkey, Iran and Syria all have sizable Kurdish populations. The referendum has become a source of concern and contention for many countries   Read More ...
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10 security personnel killed in IS attacks on Iraq bases
10 security personnel killed in IS attacks on Iraq bases At least 10 security personnel were killed on Wednesday in three attacks by Islamic State (IS) militants on military bases in Iraq’s Salahudin province, an official said. Six suicide bombers wearing explosive vests carried out a pre-dawn attack on military bases in Baiji town, about 200 km from here, leading to heavy clashes for several hours, Xinhua quoted the source as saying   Read More ...
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Turkey warns against Iraq’s Kurdish referendum
Turkey says Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region should reverse its decision to hold a referendum on independence, warning that the vote could lead to a civil war. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that the referendum, slated for September 25, would worsen the situation in a country “that is undergoing so many problems.” Barzani’s announcement. Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, announced in June that the vote would determine whether the region would secede from Iraq   Read More ...
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Iraq sets up oil shipping, trading joint venture
DUBAI Opec member Iraq has formed a joint venture with a shipping company owned by Arab states to transfer, store and trade crude and oil products, according to official documents and industry sources. Middle East oil producers are venturing into buying and selling oil to boost their incomes as a sharp drop in crude prices since mid-2014 has forced the industry to become more efficient and commercially focused   Read More ...
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Iraq asks UN to collect evidence to prosecute Islamic State
Iraq is asking the UN Security Council for assistance in collecting evidence to prosecute extremists from the Islamic State group for possible crimes against humanity. Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said in a letter to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres circulated today that his government and the United Kingdom are working on a draft Security Council resolution seeking assistance. It was sent more than five months after human rights lawyer Amal Clooney urged Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to send a letter so the council can set up an investigation into crimes by the extremist group   Read More ...
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How Iraq's IDPs cope with the trauma of displacement
How Iraq's IDPs cope with the trauma of displacement Since the seizure of large parts of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in early 2014, over three million Iraqis have been driven from their homes. Many carry with them horrific stories of violence and suffering. The displaced have featured heavily in international media coverage of Iraq over the past few years, yet that coverage tends to focus overwhelmingly on the darkest moments of the displacement experience; the trauma of living with memories of violence and loss, the hardships of camp life, the fear and uncertainty over the future   Read More ...
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With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer
It was an unusual meeting: an Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric openly hostile to the United States sat in a palace sipping juice at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni kingdom that is Washington's main ally in the Middle East. For all the implausibility, the motivations for the July 30 gathering in Jeddah between Moqtada al-Sadr and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman run deep, and centre on a shared interest in countering Iranian influence in Iraq   Read More ...
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Jihadists kill 7 Iraqi security personnel
Islamic State group suicide bombers killed seven members of Iraq's security forces in an attack on an Iraqi police and army base today in Baiji, north of Baghdad, the interior ministry and a local official said. "Five Daesh suicide bombers... wearing explosive belts attacked a police and army base at dawn in the Al-Masafi district," the town's mayor Mohammad Mahmoud told AFP, using an Arabic acronym for the group   Read More ...
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New life amid the ruins of Mosul's maternity hospital
New life amid the ruins of Mosul's maternity hospital MOSUL (Reuters) - As yet unnamed twin babies lie in an incubator in a run-down room in Mosul’s main maternity hospital. Less than two weeks old, they are two of seven newborns crammed into a makeshift premature baby ward. Born just three weeks after Iraqi forces declared that they had finally recaptured the last part of the city from Islamic State, the twins won’t know what it’s like to grow up under the jihadists' draconian rule   Read More ...
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ANALYSIS-With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer
It was an unusual meeting: an Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric openly hostile to the United States sat in a palace sipping juice at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni kingdom that is Washington's main ally in the Middle East. For all the implausibility, the motivations for the July 30 gathering in Jeddah between Moqtada al-Sadr and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman run deep, and centre on a shared interest in countering Iranian influence in Iraq   Read More ...
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With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer
With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer BAGHDAD/DUBAI (Reuters) - It was an unusual meeting: an Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric openly hostile to the United States sat in a palace sipping juice at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni kingdom that is Washington's main ally in the Middle East. For all the implausibility, the motivations for the July 30 gathering in Jeddah between Moqtada al-Sadr and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman run deep, and center on a shared interest in countering Iranian influence in Iraq   Read More ...
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With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer
With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer BAGHDAD/DUBAI: It was an unusual meeting: an Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric openly hostile to the United States sat in a palace sipping juice at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni kingdom that is Washington's main ally in the Middle East. For all the implausibility, the motivations for the July 30 gathering in Jeddah between Moqtada al-Sadr and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman run deep, and centre on a shared interest in countering Iranian influence in Iraq   Read More ...
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Seven police officers killed in suicide attacks in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Aug 16 (KUNA) -- Seven police officers were killed in two suicide attacks on government security posts in Baiji province north of the capital Baghdad, police said Wednesday. A police source told KUNA orders to strengthen security measures in Baiji were issued after five suicide bombers blew themselves up at two security posts, one manned by the military and the other by the police   Read More ...
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IS conflict: Iraqi jets bomb Tal Afar ahead of ground assault
IS conflict: Iraqi jets bomb Tal Afar ahead of ground assault Iraqi warplanes are bombarding the jihadist group Islamic State's positions in Tal Afar, in preparation for a ground assault on the town. Tal Afar became the last IS stronghold in northern Iraq in July after the government declared victory in the city of Mosul, 55km (35 miles) to the east. It is not known when the offensive will begin, but army, police and special forces units are heading to the town   Read More ...
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Suicide attacker kills seven Iraqi soldiers near city of Baiji
Suicide attacker kills seven Iraqi soldiers near city of Baiji TIKRIT, Iraq: Seven Iraqi soldiers were killed on Wednesday when a suicide attacker tried to infiltrate a security headquarters near the northern city of Baiji where Islamic State is entrenched in nearby mountain areas, security sources said. Around five assailants attacked the compound where police and army troops are based. One blew up his explosives vest at the entrance while the other four clashed with guards for around three hours, said army colonel Mohammed al-Assadi   Read More ...
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Suicide attacker kills seven Iraqi soldiers near city of Baiji
TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Seven Iraqi soldiers were killed on Wednesday when a suicide attacker tried to infiltrate a security headquarters near the northern city of Baiji where Islamic State is entrenched in nearby mountain areas, security sources said. Around five assailants attacked the compound where police and army troops are based. One blew up his explosives vest at the entrance while the other four clashed with guards for around three hours, said army colonel Mohammed al-Assadi   Read More ...
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Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik
Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric, notorious for his followers' deadly attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq over a decade ago and thought at times to have ties to Iran, has two new stamps in his passport — from the two fiercest Sunni critics of Tehran in the Gulf. Muqtada al-Sadr's trips to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates come as the two nations want to limit Iran's influence in the wider Middle East, especially with Iranian-backed Shiite militias leading the fight against the Islamic State group on Iraqi battlefields   Read More ...
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Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik
Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric, notorious for his followers' deadly attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq over a decade ago and thought at times to have ties to Iran, has two new stamps in his passport — from the two fiercest Sunni critics of Tehran in the Gulf. Muqtada al-Sadr's trips to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates come as the two nations want to limit Iran's influence in the wider Middle East, especially with Iranian-backed Shiite militias leading the fight against the Islamic State group on Iraqi battlefields   Read More ...
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Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik
Iraqi Shiite cleric's Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric, notorious for his followers' deadly attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq over a decade ago and thought at times to have ties to Iran, has two new stamps in his passport — from the two fiercest Sunni critics of Tehran in the Gulf. Muqtada al-Sadr's trips to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates come as the two nations want to limit Iran's influence in the wider Middle East, especially with Iranian-backed Shiite militias leading the fight against the Islamic State group on Iraqi battlefields   Read More ...
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